NATO invites Russia to Lisbon summit

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NATO has invited Russia to attend a summit in Lisbon in November to discuss cooperation on a missile defence system, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

"We should come to a decision in Lisbon to develop a NATO missile defence capability," Rasmussen told a news conference after talks with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas.

"We would also invite Russia to cooperate" by linking Moscow's system with those of the 28-nation alliance, he said.

"In order to give some more impetus to that I have issued today invitations to all 29 nations participating (in the NATO-Russia Council) to a summit in Lisbon," Rasmussen said.

NATO leaders are already scheduled to meet in Lisbon on November 19-20 for a summit that will likely be dominated by the transatlantic alliance's campaign in Afghanistan.

The Russia-NATO summit would cement reconciliation efforts undertaken by the two sides after relations were damaged by Moscow's war with Georgia in August 2008.

© 2010 AFP

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